Virtual Reality Teaching at The University of Manchester
In 2018, we were approached by the University of Manchester’s drama department and asked to provide assistance in teaching a pioneering new course to students on immersive technology. In particular, the drama department Lecturer in Screen Studies, Johannes Sjöberg, had heard about the amazing potential of immersive technology, such as virtual reality, and wanted to explore the possibilities of a new medium. The subsequent conversation we had was very positive and we each discussed the possibilities for creative practice and how students could engage with this exciting medium.
This conversation was a direct result of Keith Myers’ involvement in virtual reality labs in Manchester and subsequent introduction.
Image of students experiencing a new medium for the first time.
Teaching and Consultation
After consulting with Johannes, on what was required, we made a suggestion that we could design and deliver a series of lectures and workshops on immersive technologies, immersive arts, and 360 film production.
Therefore, the first series of introduction lectures we delivered in 2019 were on:
The Future of Film
The Future of Immersive Arts and Performance – A Road Paved by VR
This was delivered to a varied group of undergraduates, post graduates, and some studying anthropology.
In 2020 these lectures evolved to include:
How Immersive Technology is Shaping the Future of Popular Media
The Future of Immersive Arts and Performance 2.0
360 film production: planning, shooting, editing.
From 2021 to 2023 we have continued to work with the department to help create more teaching material, including lectures on:
Immersive Art Game Design
Augmented Reality Production
Advanced 360 film production
Virtual Realities - An Introduction to a new Medium
The University of Manchester has setup a VR lab space and for co-collaboration between students and academics. Although we don’t claim to have set this up! We have of course played a role in assisting a new generation of creatives in the discipline of immersive arts. This is something we are immensely proud of.
What the client said
"Keith Myers helped me set up the infrastructure for the Virtual Reality teaching at The University of Manchester. He gave inspiring workshops on VR application and practice, capturing the imagination of undergraduate and postgraduate students in Drama and Visual Anthropology."
The University of Manchester
We continue to work with the University on the production of the course material and we are committed to the growth and evolution of the course. It’s due to forward thinking people like Johannes that students have an opportunity to express themselves in a medium that will be important in the next 10 to 15 years and beyond.